Some of the most powerful tools we have for creating sustainable culture are right in our own backyards. They’re often low-tech, cheap or free, possible for anyone to learn, inspiring, and they improve our quality of life. In this weekend workshop with Lily Jacobson, ecological designer, and Brian Jacobson, Certified Arborist and owner of Smith Tree Service, learn about whole systems design, an ecologically-based approach to any site. Find out about backyard and community tools for sustainability, ecological regeneration, and abundance.
The workshop will cover the process, tools, and worldview of whole systems design, as well as key local ecological and cultural issues. Students will walk through the design process and learn the theory of whole systems design. The course will introduce real world examples of how to use whole systems design, like backyard carbon sequestration through building living soil; feeding people, pollinators, and wildlife by gardening with native, edible, and medicinal plants; rainwater harvesting and simple alternative wastewater management systems; and community-scale tools like alternative economies, resource sharing, cohousing, and ecovillages. The design process and tools taught in the course are useful at any scale.
Schedule: Saturday January 18, 9:00 - 5:00 and Sunday January 19, 9:00 - 5:00
The cost for the course is $225, $175 for students.